|ABS-system, meet sharp turn.
||[Aug. 12th, 2011|04:34 pm]
Keep in mind, I know how to drive a car, and little more than that.
But as it turns out, the ABS system installed in newer cars (or at least, the one installed in my (2011) car functions fine. As long as you don't try and use it in sharp turns.
Guess what I did! 8D (Well, it was sort of an emergency, I mean, it's not like I went into that turn at too high a speed on purpose.)
The thing is, if you depress the brake-pedal, the car nose-dives a little, causing the back of the car to lift off the ground slightly. When going straight-forward, this is not a problem. When turning, this means your car will decide to play balle-fucking-rina.
I made a neat slide about four lanes over - which, thankfully, were present at the time, and didn't hit any other traffic, because there wasn't any traffic there at the time - until my car had enough grip again and I could move to the right lane. Which was not all the way on the left, regardless of where my car had decided to get to.
Is this what you call drifting? I guess it's kind of funny in retrospect. XD At the time it was more like "Hm, my car is not responding like I thought it would. This might be a problem.."
Obviously, I didn't hit anything, and I didn't get hurt, so! Lucky me.
In case it happens again in the future, I can tell you that, if you hit the brakes sharply and you find your car drifting, is to stop depressing the brake-pedal. Your car will level out again, so the back-wheels will be able to get more grip on the road once more, and when it's done that, you can hit the brakes again.
I forgot to ask if I was to continue continue brake-release brake-brake-release brake-brake if you're still in the turn but I suppose that'd make the most sense. And if you're going straight forward, you can hit the brakes full on again.
This concludes our daily dose of Driving Dangerously! Tune in next time for tips on how to extract yourself easiest from a wrecked car!
(I'm kidding. Though I totally will write a how to if I ever get in that situation, because I'm a huge fan of manuals and spreading information.)